Police in Jwaneng have dismissed as nothing but “street talk” rampant rumours in the village that have associated the name of the town mayor to a ritual murder.
Rubbishing the allegations doing rounds in the village that the mayor could know something about the death of a young man whose head was crushed and his brain removed, Jwaneng Police Station Commander Kitsiso Lemogang said: “We got wind of that, but we are treating it as mere street talk.”
Reached for comment, the Mayor, Amos Johannes said he could not comment on a matter that was being investigated by the police.
“I’m a former police officer and I know issues like this can be blown out of proportion. I have also been advised not say anything about this matter pending investigations,” said Johannes.
Meanwhile the grieving family of the 23-year-old Obakeng Dennis Batsheng who was killed in Jwaneng on July 26 are convinced that he was murdered for muti purposes.
The epileptic Batsheng’s body was found 30km away from Jwaneng by a passerby who alerted the police. “His skull was cracked, his private parts and tongue were missing and the skin under his feet was removed,” His distraught mother, Sesi Sister Batsheng (46) revealed.
“His head was totally crushed, but what shocked us the most is that part of his skull was wrapped with a jacket he was wearing,”Sesi further said.
Relating the incidents leading to the disappearance of her son to The Voice in an interview, Sesi said the young man was last seen at a bar on Thursday July 25th in the company of another young man before his dismembered body was discovered on Friday morning.
“The man last seen with my son is well known to the family and when we received reports that Bantsheng did not return home on Thursday night I immediately called him but his phone rang unanswered only for him to call back when the body had already been found and put in the mortuary,” She said.
Bantsheng’s uncle Abel Leepo said they were still shocked by his crude and barbaric murder.
“The story surrounding his death is hard to understand and accept.
For many years I knew him, he never slept out. He never went that far. And what happened to his body parts? I smell a rat,” Leepo said.